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Mike Riehls
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September 05, 2013
THE GROSSE POINTES — A group dedicated to man's best crime-fighting friend is helping double the number of police dogs among the Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods mutual aid pact.

K-9 Safety Partners of the Grosse Pointes, a tax-exempt organization, is donating $2,400 to Harper Woods for a K-9 unit.

"This will be the first donation the Partners make," said Skip Fincham, the K-9 group's recording secretary and city administrator of Grosse Pointe Woods.

"The most important thing is to have a safe environment," said John Stevens, a Partners founder and former City of Grosse Pointe councilman. "A dog implies a lot of that. You don't mess around with a dog."

Harper Woods recently hired an officer who handled K-9 operations in another metropolitan Detroit suburb.

"He came with his dog," Fincham said. "Because the officer was laid off for a while, the dog has to be recertified. So, we're donating money to the Harper Woods police department so they can get their dog on the streets as fast as possible."

"The more we make our cities safer places, the happier people are going to be," Stevens said.

Harper Woods' dog will be available to the Pointes just as the City of Grosse Pointe's K-9, Raleigh, is deployed to Harper Woods on mutual aid requests.

"Harper Woods' dog will augment Raleigh's efforts," said Fincham, former public safety chief of the City of Grosse Pointe when its K-9 unit was established nearly a decade ago.

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